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February 2017 issue
The Mark of Abel
by Lydia Panas
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
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Our earliest relationships factor considerably in determining whom we turn out to be. For three years, in hot and cold weather, I invited families of various forms to stand before my lens.  I asked them not because I knew what to expect, but because I was curious to see what would happen.  These groups and occasional individuals stood graciously before me.  I watched how they arranged themselves and then began to photograph them with my view camera. In these pictures of family relationships, the details matter most.  Although they portray engaging people, verdant landscapes and beautiful light, the photographs also provide more subtle clues for understanding the nature of my work.
These images depict specific people, but they go beyond portraits to explore universal questions of how we see ourselves and what we feel.  The pictures ask that we look deeper than the surface for what lies underneath: that complex part of our own personalities we often don’t see.
Asha and Oksana W.
A Suspended Moment.
Vicki and Antonio, Veronica and Sabine.
It's a Matter of Perspective, Mr.President.
French Pastoral.
Eisenhauer Brothers.
Invincible.
The Coat.
Tony and Maddie.
Sisters.
Cousins.
Portrait of a Young Man.
Canvas.
Mother.
In Her Voice.
Family.